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Celebrity Deaths in Literature

  • Tomas Transtromer, 83 (1931 - 2015)

    Tomas Transtromer

    By KARL RITTER and MALIN RISING, The Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner Tomas Transtromer has died at age 83, Swedish publisher Bonniers said Friday. The reclusive, mild-mannered wordsmith — considered a master of metaphor and one of the most important Scandinavian poets of the post-World War II era — died Thursday after a short illness...

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  • Ellen Conford, 73 (1942 - 2015)

    Ellen Conford

    By HILLEL ITALIE, The Associated PressNEW YORK (AP) — Ellen Conford, an award-winning children's writer whose comic tales about everything from the travails of high school to a girl's summer camp crush made her a favorite for at least one generation of readers, has died.Conford died at home in Great Neck, New York, last Friday, on her 73rd birthday, her husband told The Associated Press. David...

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  • Valentin Rasputin, 77 (1937 - 2015)

    Valentin Rasputin

    The Associated PressMOSCOW (AP) — Valentin Rasputin, a revered Russian writer who was a prominent member of a literary movement in the 1960s and 1970s known as Village Prose that focused on peasants in the Soviet Union, has died. He was 77.Rasputin, who died Saturday, was remembered by hundreds of Russians, including President Vladimir Putin, who paid their final respects at Moscow's main...

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  • Terry Pratchett, 66 (1948 - 2015)

    Terry Pratchett

    By GREGORY KATZ, The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66. Pratchett, who suffered from a rare form of early onset Alzheimer's disease, had earned wide respect in Britain and beyond with his dignified campaign for the right of critically ill patients to...

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  • Mal Peet (2015)

    Mal Peet

    The Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Mal Peet, an irreverent, award-winning British writer of books for children and young adults, has died aged 67.Peet's agent, Peter Cox, said the writer died Monday. He had been diagnosed with cancer several months ago.Peet wrote young-adult novels, as well as educational children's books co-authored with his wife Elspeth Graham. He won the 2005 Carnegie Medal...

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